Thursday, November 21, 2019

Be Back Soon

Flying south today.
Soon to be sewing with this sweet girl and her mommy
on that cute Janome Jem.

Happy Sewing, Y'all! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Quilting Is Done

I used freezer paper motifs to finish up the quilting on the project.

Today I need to finish the packing.

More later ... <3 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

VIP ~ Very Important Packing

Packing today for flying south for Thanksgiving
and our early "Grammy~Grampy Christmas." 

Must include the all important hand stitch projects for the airport and flight.

These little scissors have always make it through security with no questions asked.

The folding scissors in the small box are

Rose Gold Folding Scissors

The tiny ones with the pink sheath are

World's Smallest Scissors from ToolTron
I cannot tell you where I bought them as I have had them awhile
and all the other shopping links I checked said out of stock.

What stitching essentials would you pack for a getaway? 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Keeping Those Feed Doggies Rolling

I am still quilting.
I am also busy behind the quilty scenes packing for a trip,
getting my house ready for our trip,
and with other family matters.

Quilting as therapy applies here in the scrapatch today.

Another tool I find very useful ... 

available in the link, at Joann Fabrics,  on Amazon
and other quilting supply places.

I wear the medium-large.
They are a little loose but I find this very comfy
as they never make my hands swell, even in the warm weather.
No warm weather here right now.
A cold gray rain has been falling all day.

I am at the deadline to complete the quilting on this project before I travel.
I may have to pack it with me to do the binding. 
Must keep quilting ... in the morning.

I always apply a little sweet scented hand cream before I put on my quilting gloves.
It helps relax me when I quilt.

Sweet quilty dreams! 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Stitch and Gift Idea of the Day ~ Folded Fabric Ornaments

Folded Fabric Ornaments

Another easy seasonal gift idea! 

These are really easy to do ...

and look very pretty on the tree. 

Happy Sewing! 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sew Easy Gifts ~ Quick Sew Jar Openers

I took a few minutes break from quilting for a hot cup of herbal tea and honey 
and to sew two of these 
Quick Gift Jar Openers
because I needed a couple of simple gifts for friends.

5 inch squares - 1 -2 -3
I had my walking foot on my machine which is what I like to use for these
and I decided the thread for my quilt
matched the gold in the fabrics just right.

I trim these after I sew and turn and use my
Clover 2 Point Turner
to push out the pints and smooth the edge seams.

I also do a quick press on the fabric side only
before I top stitch around the edges to close the seam. 
This is one of my most popular tutorials on my blog:

Full Tutorial for 

The back of these jar openers is no-slip


These make good no-slip coasters, too! 

It has been a really fun blog hop week seeing all the wonderful
Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop
that I thought I would do some more stitching and gifting posts.

Time to resume my Quilting ... Quilting ... Quilting. 
This weekend I will be quilting This Project,
which will be featured on my blog in December
with a new free pattern release from Fat Quarter Shop.

Have a Happy Quilty Weekend! 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Quilting ~ Tips and Tools

It is happy quilty day.

I love to do this type of straight line quilting.

Occasionally I use a straight pin or two as guides
for filling in small open spaces like this.

I always remove the pins when I get close.

which is a wonderful variegated blend of gold and sand.
It is not metallic but almost looks it.
It is 100% cotton 40/3ply
King Tut is my favorite quilting thread
for both my long arm and regular machine.
This color is one of my favorites.

When I am quilting, I love to use these

These came in my 

I never would have bought them ...

... but I love them for getting close to the fabric to snip loose threads,
The shape of the bill and handle keeps me from accidentally
cutting into the fabric in my blocks or quilt.
Sew this is a great tool.

For any place where I can use my foot to measure my lines. I do not use pins.

I do not worry about a line being slightly off.
Quilting is never going to be perfect.

Just keep

 Quilting ... Quilting ... Quilting ...

Keep those feedogs rolling ... 


Thursday, November 14, 2019

I Like Thursday # 35 ~ Good Eating

Brrrrrr! ~ Snuggle Time
It is cold here in the northeast ...  time for lots of warm kitty cuddles
I posted this photo before.  It is one of my favorites.
I love my kitties loving each other.
They have been snuggling with each other and with me a lot this week. 

Last week for 

I celebrated

Since it is still Pumpkin Spice season, I enjoyed my annual cup of

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice coffee  this week.

As I said, I mostly like Pumpkin Spice in my baked goods,

 Homemade Pumpkin Pie 

But I also enjoy sampling the pumpkin spice goodies wherever I may find them.

So I thought it would be fun to show my favorite Pumpkin Spice Picks for 2019:

1st Place: Voortmann Pumpkin Spice Wafers
These are crunchy wafers filled with a creamy goodness that tastes sweet pumpkin custard.
My serving size:  3 

2nd Place:Trader Joe's petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These are spicy sweet and are covered with a yogurt glaze and sprinkles.
I could do without the sugary sprinkles.
No sprinkles and these might have been Number 1. 
My serving size: 2 because of the sweetness.

3rd Place:  Milano Pumpkin Spice cookies
because it is hard to resist dark chocolate with anything.
My serving size: 2
Because it takes that second one for the flavors to really blend.

Runner-Up: Voortman Pumpkin Spice Cookies
These are a large shortbread type cookie, 
not too sweet and a substantial snack.
One is enough with a cuppa.
I may try drizzling these with sugar glaze
 or dipping the edge in dark chocolate.

With all this sweetness, I decided I should offer a healthy recipe:

I made roasted fall veggies with a roast this week to warm up the 
house during our Arctic Blast:

Any fall veggies are good for this, even peeled cubed pumpkin.
I used carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato, red onion and garlic cloves.
I might have added cauliflower, if I had it,
or mushrooms, if son number one had not been dining with us,
as he evades all things mushroom.
Any kind of potatoes and root veggies are good here.
Add a cup or two of cooked chickpeas and you have a meatless meal.

The spices I like best are freeze-dried from LiteHouse Farms
parsley, chives, spring onions, etc.
I buy these in the veggie section and store them in the refrigerator 
and I like them better than fresh because there is no waste.

I also use McCormick and added a little red pepper, smoked paprika and chili powder,
because the man who does not like mushrooms really likes hot sauce.
I only added about this much of each because the hub does not like too much spice.
I also added a good amount of fresh ground black pepper and some sea salt.
We set a bottle of hot sauce on the table when he joins us for dinner
but he did not apply it to this dish so I must have gotten the spices just nice.
Both he and my hubby scooped the rest of the veggies and beef into a take to work dish. 

I drizzled with about 1/4 cup of olive oil and stirred 
and dotted with two tablespoons of butter. 
Then I covered and baked for about and hour and a half at 350F 
which was how long the roast also needed.
The carrots are the last to tenderize so cut them smaller.

Sometimes I stir in a handful of kale or spinach for the last few minutes of baking time.

I forgot to take a photo when these came out of the oven and served.
We had beef roast with pan glaze, 
the roasted veggies and steamed broccoli for our feast.

There seems to be a lot of food in my post today.

Well, I do like yummy food.
so I shall call this post 
"I Like ~ Good Eating"

Today is an apple crisp day so I have the apple harvest  for which to be thankful.
I made his late last night for the hub to enjoy when he came in from work.

My Apple Crisp Recipe Here

Apple and Spice are also very nice.

Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Quilty Kitties Choose The Thread

"Good Morning, Quilters!
Quilty Kitty Nutmeg here helping Mommy choose the quilting thread for our project today."

"Quilty Kitty Maestro is helping me with this thready selection."

"Maestro really likes to try to hog the quilts, but she I love her.
She is very warm and snuggly ... like Mommy's quilts."

"We Quilty Kitties have made our important decision for the day.
Which thread do you think we chose?
What are your quilty kitty helpers working on today?"

"Happy Quilting" ... Nutmeg